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Pa 14 Thursday, January 24, 2013 News Central Minn. [)- Q Howe goes to work ST. PAUL- State Rep. Jeff Howe recently was sworn into office as the 88th Legislature gathered at the Capitol to begin the 2013 ses- sion. It was the first legislative oath of office for Howe, a Republican who is a military veteran, former fire- fighter, and business owner living in Rockville. Howe served on that town's city council until resigning when the Legislature convened. Howe said his legislative prior- ities include restoring Minnesota's economy, protecting taxpayers and advocating responsible state spending. He also plans to use his membership on a veterans-related committee to address issues he witnessed or experienced first- hand in the military. "We need to do a better job of helping veterans find jobs to match the skills they developed in service," Howe said. "Not just a hand-out job with a paycheck, but a career that allows veterans to transfer their training from the military to civilian life. "We also need to do more to address mental-health issues. Going out on deployment is the so- called easy part. Returning from deployment and reintegrating is what's really hard." Another bill Howe authored would turn Highway 23 between Cold Spring and Richmond into a at Capitol Tips to putting the brrrrakes on winter driving crashes As Minnesotans drive into the ence snow and ice driving in a safe depths of winter and another cold environment, such as an empty snap this week, the Department of parking lot. Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Winter survival kit motorists about important driv- The DPS Homeland Secu- ing skills for winter road condi- rity and Emergency Management tions and the important survival Division says motorists should items to store in a vehicle in the equip their vehicles with a win- case motorists become stranded ter survival kit, including scraper/ during cold weather, brush, small shovel, jumper cables Winter crash facts and a bag of sand or cat litter for According to the DPS Office tire traction. Blanket(s), boots, of Traffic Safety, during 2010- warm clothing, a bright cloth to tie 2012, there were a total of 68,686 on an antenna or hang in the win- crashes during the winter season dow to signal for help and flash- (Dec-Feb.), accounting for 32 per- lights are also important, as are cent of the state's total crashes, high-energy foods such as choco- In 2012, crashes on snow/ late or energy bars. Rep. Jeff Howe, R-Rockville, (second from left) meets with family icy road surfaces accounted for Forweather-relatedroadcondi- members on the House floor during the recent swearing-in day at the nearly 10,605 crashes resulting in tion information, call 5-1-1 or visit Capitol. From left, Howe is joined by wife, Sheri Howe, mother, Bonnie 28 deaths and 3,081 injuries, Howe, and brother, former Sen. John Howe. Submitted photo. "While winter conditions make About the Minnesota Department driving challenging, these crashes Public Safety memorial highwayhonoringslain and Veterans Affairs; and Trans- and resulting deaths and inju- The Minnesota Department Cold Spring police officer Tom portation Finance. ries can be prevented if we buckle of Public Safety (DPS) comprises Decker. Howe encourages constituents up and drive at safe speeds," says I1 divisions where 2,100 employ- Howe represents the new Dis- toprovidehimwithinputthrough- State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske. ees operate programs in the areas trict 13A, which runs west and out the year, especially during the Winter driving tips of law enforcement, crime victim south of St. Cloud. The district session. He may be reached via Buckle up, and make sure assistance, traffic safety, alcohol includes St. Joseph and Avon to e-mail at, child restraintsaresecuredtightly and gambling, emergency corn- the north, runs west to Paynesville or by calling (651) 296-4373. Citi- enough. It is recommended to munications, fire safety, pipeline and stretches south of Kimball. zens may sign up to receive peri- have bulky winter coats and blan- safety, driver licensing, vehicle He is serving four House com- odic e-mail updates from Howe kets on top of the child restraint registration and emergency man- mittees: Civil Law; Early Child- free of charge by logging on to harness, not beneath, to ensure agement. DPS activity is anchored hood and Youth Development Pol-, harness restraints fit properly, by three core principles: educa- icy; State Government Finance Drive at safe speeds accord- tion, enforcement and prevention. ing to road conditions, and allow About the Office of Traffic Safety Local crime blotters viewed by a Meeker County Investiga- residence on Parker Avenue East, Das- plenty of travel time. The Minnesota Department tor about this recovered camper. The sel. The deputy spoke to the individual Increase safe stopping dis- of Public Safety Office of Traffic Stolen property recovered 18-year-old Hutchinson man admitted and allwas okay. tance between vehicles. Safety (OTS) designs, implements Tuesc~r, Jan. 8, at 5:25 pan the being present during the theft of the 2:25 p.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- Meeker County Sheriff's Office received camperfromTed's RVin Paynesville. patched Eden Valley Rescue and War- Use extra precaution around and coordinates federally funded a request for assistance from the Ren- The Meeker County Sheriffs Office IOns Ambulance to a medical at a resi- snowplows - keep at least five car- traffic safety enforcement and ville County Sheriffs Office. An anon- has also beenworkingwith the Steams dence on Coleman Avenue East, Eden lengths behind plows, education programs to improve ymous tip had been received of a pos- County Sheriff's Office in this matter, Valley. One individualwas transported If skidding - ease foot off the driver behaviors and reduce the sible stolen fish house taken from Ren- and the case is being sent to the Stea- to PaynesviUe Hospital. gas and turn the steering wheel in deaths and serious injuries that villecountythatcouldbelocatedonStar ms County Attorney's Office for a for- Sunday, lanuary20 the direction you want the front of occur on Minnesota roads. OTS Lake, which is southwest of Litchfield in mal charging decision. 9:06 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- the vehicle to go. also administers state funds for MeekerCounty.A possible match of the Eden Valley Police Blotter patched Watkins Ambulance for a If vehicle has an anti-lock the motorcycle safety program described stolen fish house was located The police report for Eden Val- medical at the St. Anthony Church, braking system (ABS), apply a and for the child seats for needy on Star Lake and representatives from ley in December included a total of 52 Watkins. One individual was trans- Renville County Sheriffs Office, along calls. These were: 14 misc. calls, 9 pub- ported to St. Cloud Hospital. steady firm pressure to the brake families program. with the owner ofthe fish house traveled lic assists, 7 alarms, 4 motorist assists, 10:38 a.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- pedal. Never pump ABS brakes. OTS is an anchoring partner toMeekerCountytoidentLfythemissing 4 assist other departments, 3 verbal patched Watkins Ambulance andWat- Clear snow and ice from vehP of the state's Toward Zero Deaths fishhouse. The owner did identify the fish warnings, 3 rescue assists, 2 citations, 2 kins Rescue Squad to a medical at a res- cle windows, hood, headlights, (TZD) traffic safety initiative. A burglaries, and one each of the follow- idenceonCentralAvenueSouth, Wat- brake lights and directional sig- primary vision of the TZD pro- houseashisfishhousethathereported ing:vandalism, domestic, fight, arrest, kins. One individual was transported nals. gram is to create a safe driving stolen last fall in Renviile County. Based The totals for 2012 include 851 calls: toSt. Cloud Hospital. Headlights must be turned on culture in Minnesota in which on the identification, the missing fish 272 misc. calls, 107 verbal warnings, 9:26 p.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- when it is snowing or sleeting, motorists support a goal of zero house valued at $10,000 was seized as 79 public assists, 73 citations, 77 assist patched Watkins Ambulance for a Do not use cruise control on road fatalities by practicing and evidence. There was a license number other departments, 40 thefts, 37 res- medical at Hilltop Healthcare Cen- affixed to the fish house belonging to cue assists, 30 arrests, 26 domestics, 23 ter, Luella Street, City of Watldns. One snow/icy/wet roads, promoting safe and smart driv- a suspect who resides in Hutchinson. alarms, 20 motorist assists, 19 fights, 18 individualwas transported to St. Cloud * Move over for emergency ing behavior. TZD focuses on the Renville County authorities traveled to dog complaims, 13 vandalism, 10 accP Hospital. responders on the shoulder of the application of four strategic areas thecityofHutchinson, and spoke to the dems, 7 burglaries, and 1 open door Saturday,lanuaryl9 road - it's the law. to reduce crashes - education, suspectwho subsequenfly admitted to complaint. 8:45 a.m. the Sheriffs Office issued Parents of teen drivers should enforcement, engineering and stealing the fish house. The suspect, CodyAlan Vorbeck, 24, of Hutchinson, Wright County Sheriff's Office a deer possession tag for a deer found make sure new motorists experi- emergency trauma response. wastakenintocustodyandtakentothe Jan. 15 Michael lake Gagnon, 41 of on County State Aid Highway2, Forest :: Renville County Jail and held pending Annandale, was charged with misde- City Township. ! ~:~,~.~ii ~iiii~ii~~i!i::~::~:~::~~ formal charges, meanor violation of a domestic abuse 3:10 p.m. the Sheriff's Office assisted On the morning of Monday, Jan. 14, no-contact order. Eden Valley Police Department in Thursday. lanuary 17 Tuesday. lanuary 15 aninvestigatorwiththeMeekerCotmty Jan. 16, Naomi Machelle Beith, 28 locating a missing vehicle. The deputy 9:19 a.m. while on patrol a deputy 11:49 a.m. the Sheriffs Office Sheriffs Office spoke with a concerned of Kimball, was arrested in Cokato on advised this was a civil issue, heard an audible alarm in the area of responded to a report of suspicious citizen who told the investigator about an apprehension and detention order 5:44 p.m. the Sheriff's Office 130 Central Avenue South, Watkins. activity at a residence on 724thAvenue, received a 9-1-1 cellular call reporting The deputy located the source of the Kingston Township. Upon arrival the a camper that is parked on a property from the MN Department of Correc- a car hitting a deer on MN Highway 15 alarm and found everything to be okay. deputy found everything to be okay. located on 300th Street, in rural Litch- tions. field, HarveyTownship.Thecailerindi- Jan. 17, Danielle Marie Collette, 26 at County State Aid Highway 24, Das- 10:22 a.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- 4:47 p.m. the Sheriffs Office cared this camper had been parked at of Eden Valley, was arrested in Stearns sel Township, with no injuries. The call patched Watkins Ambulance for a responded to a custodycomplaint at an this location for a considerable length Countyon aWright Countywarrant for was transferred to the MN State Patrol. medical at an address on Meeker Ave- address on Cedar Avenue South, War- 11:05 p.m. the Sheriffs Office nue East, Eden Valley. One individual kins.Itwasacivilissue. of time, and thought he should report fifth-degree controlled substance rio- responded to a report ofapossiblejuve- was transported to St Cloud Hospital. Monday, lanuarv 14 the matter as suspicious. Upon check- lation. 11:16 a.m. the Sheriff's Office 5:52 a.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- ing into the matter, it was discovered lan. 18, Ryan Michael Larson, 34 nile party at a residence in the Watkins of Waite Park, was arrested in Steams Trailer Park, City of Watkins. The dep- dispatched Watkins Ambulance and patched Eden ValleyRescue Squad and Eden Valley Rescue for a medical at Watkins Ambulance for a medical at this camper, described as a 201018-foot County on aWright Countywarrant for uties checked the residence and found an address on Roiling Acres Drive in a residence on Douglas Drive, City of Four-W'mds Breeze travel-trailer all to be okay. stalking. Steams County. One individual was Eden Valley. One individual was trans- was reported stolen from Ted's RV in Jan. 18, Timothy Charles Provo, 49 Friday, ]anuary 18 Paynesville, who discovered it was 11:53 a.m. the Sheriff's Office transported to Paynesviile Hospital. ported to Meeker Memorial Hospital. missing from their lot, and reported of Annandale, was arrested in French responded to a dog complaint at a resi- Wednesday, lanuary 16 I 11:16 a.m. the Sheriff's Office took a dence on CSAH 27, KingstonTownship. 9:21 &m. the Sheriffs Officereport of a suspicious vehicle at a resi- Upon arriving the deputywas advised responded to a one-vehicle rollover dence on 300th Street, Harvey Town- the dogs are nolonger at the residence, without injuries on County State Aid ship. The camper was found to have 2:50 p.m. the Sheriff's Office Highway 2 near 330th Street, Forest been reported stolen out of Stearns responded to a report of illegal dump- City Township. The vehicle was a total ~ounty from Ted's RVin Paynesville. ing on County State Aid Highway 34, loss and the deputy filed a report, i 11:41 a.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- 10:05 ~.m. the Sheriffs Office patchedWatkinsAmbulancetoamed- the theft to the Steams County Sheriffs Office Oct. 2, 2012. The citizen provided the Meeker County Sheriffs Investiga- tor with the name of the suspect who had parked the camper on the property earlier last fall. The suspect in this matter, Cody Alan Vorbeck, 24, from Hutchin- son, who was currently in custody on charges from Renville County con- cerning the stolen fish house that was recovered earlier on Star Lake on the evening of Jan. 8, was imer- viewed, and admitted to the theft of the camper. A second suspect was impli- cated as being involved and was inter- Lake Township on Wright County war- rams for domestic assault and interfere witha911 call. lan. 18, Vance Edward Rossberg, 22 of Annandale, was arrested in Annan- dale on the charge of domestic assault. There was 1 property-damage acci- dem, and 1 car-deer accident. There were 6 arrests for DWI, and 1 under- age-consumption arrest reported this week. Meeker County Sheriff's Office Monday. lanuary21 On the 21st at 2:25 p.m. the Sher- iffs Office received a request for a welfare check on an individual at a Forest City Township. 6:12 p.m. the Sheriffs Office took a responded to assist Wright County report of a burglary at a residence on Department of Corrections at an 700th Avenue, Kingston Township. address on County State Aid Highway 8:34 p.m. the Sheriffs Office19, Kingston Township. Upon arrival receivedinformationofacar/deeracci- the deputy arrested Naomi Machelle dent near a residence on County State Beith, age 28 of Kimball, on an Appre- Aid Highway 2, Forest City Township. hension and Detention Order from The driver was able to drive home and Wright County. the dead deer was not a road hazard. ical at a residence on Luella Street, Wat- kins. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital. 3:14 p.m. a Sheriffs Deputy observed an open door on a vacant building on Service Road South, Wat- kins. An owner was located and responded to the scene. All appeared to be okay and the door was secured.